Purple Rain [Explicit]
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Purple Rain [Explicit]

June 14, 2011

Song Title
Let's Go Crazy
Take Me With U
The Beautiful Ones
Computer Blue
Darling Nikki
When Doves Cry
I Would Die 4 U
Baby I'm A Star
Purple Rain

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 25, 1990
  • Release Date: June 19, 1984
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1984 Warner Bros. Records
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  • Total Length: 43:56
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B0011Z51QG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After hearing Purple Rain, may U live 2 C The Dawn January 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If 1999 was a warmup for Prince's stardom, it hit him like a bolt of purple lightning from the heavens, followed by an earthshattering thunderclap, for Purple Rain was Prince's supreme moment. And Prince introduced a sound that incorporated a snarling guitar that owed a nod to Jimi Hendrix.
The organ and Prince's monolgue heralds "Let's Go Crazy", then comes the drum machine and that snarling guitar. The song goes into full drive here and like "1999", is a song that brings life to any party. The fiery guitar solo at the end is well worth the song. There's a stab against psychiatrists who prescribe pills to their patients instead of real solutions. "Instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind."
The lush string-oriented "Take Me With U" is a mid-paced duet between Prince and his Purple Rain co-star Apollonia. Her vocals are really prominent when the two sing "I don't care if we spend the night at your mansion" and the other four verses of the bridge, as well when they repeat the title line toward the end of the song. Unless one has a copy of Apollonia 6 and her solo album, this is the closest one'll have of hearing her.
"The Beautiful Ones" about how the most beautiful women aren't necessarily the happiest, starts out as a slow ballad in Prince's falsetto, before he raises the power adrenaline several notches when screaming out "Do you want him, or do you want me, 'cause I want you." Matt Fink's piano- and later organ-sounding synthesizers provide a lush backing to this wonder. It comes to a quiet close, with only Fink's and Bobby Z's drums. Mariah Carey covers this on her Butterfly album to no avail.
"Computer Blue" starts out with a suggestive conversation between Wendy and Lisa. "Wendy?" "Yes Lisa?" "Is the water warm enough?
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Soundtrack (5/5) August 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was in seventh grade the year Purple Rain came out. It was a time of making out with girls, riding my bike around the neighborhood after dark, hanging out with my best friends in our clubhouse, and just generally trying to gain more freedom from my parents. But the one thing that really stands out about this formative year is how much my friends and I utterly loved Purple Rain and its accompanying soundtrack. Stretching an extension chord from the garage to our clubhouse, my friends and I would watch the movie and listen to the soundtrack just about every Friday night for that summer. While probably somewhat of a bizarre thing to admit now, it was truly a great time which I'll never forget.

As it stands today, the Purple Rain Soundtrack is still one of the best albums I've ever heard. The nostalgic qualities it possesses after just a few notes into "Let's Go Crazy" are very powerful to me and remind me of those days camping out in the backyard on weekends. And I could even care less if Prince ever made another album after Purple Rain. It's the one! Sign of the Times was a fair effort, granted, and his first couple albums have charming appeal, but everything after Sign of the Times just missed the boat or ventured too far into insipid R&B territory.

So what exactly is it that makes Purple Rain so much more enjoyable than the rest of his catalog? What makes it the indisputable stand-out? For me, I think it has a lot to do with the Revolution's sound. They had a huge influence on the aesthetic of Prince's early albums, particularly from the input of Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (a/k/a Wendy & Lisa). Furthermore the production and instruments used by this group of musicians were less polished than what you'd hear from Prince today.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let It Pour October 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today, to get through this thing called life". My personal handbook I use to get through life, is this album. Clocking in at a ballsy 45 minutes, the album takes you--whether you're ready for the ride or not--on a journey of unprecedented scale. Prince holds no punches musically or lyrically on this tour de France of an album. Head bashing riffs, toe tapp'n beats, and tear jerking melodies collide here in a musical harmonic convergence. Simply put: you can go no wrong with Purple Rain. Now go, shower in its glory.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PEAK OF PRINCE August 9, 2000
By demien
Format:Audio CD
Prince took the style that he had created on 1999 and polished it to perfection making Purple Rain the masterpiece that it is. This album is a display of all of Prince's talents from his vocal pyrotechnics to his musical versitility. Prince is at his peak here in creating melodies that complement his outlandish lyrics perfectly. "Let's Go Crazy" begins like a sermon with Prince doing a little preaching behind a raging organ only to kick into a full blown rocker that never lets up. "The Beautiful One" is about a man confused and broken hearted because his lover is with someone else and he can feel the ominous end. This song is set to a slow pulsating groove culminating in a plea of passion. "DO YOU WANT HIM OR DO YOU WANT ME." "Darling Nikki" is a little tale about a woman in heat who can't get enough set to a seductive beat and melody. It's a wild and sexy ride that lingers in the mind long after its over. Some other highlights include "When Doves Cry", which was Prince's first number 1 hit,"I Would Die 4 U",the furious funked out "Baby I'm A Star",and the title song which features guitar playing that is passionate and inspired. Anyone who tells you that the 80's was a worthless decade for music should pick up a copy of Purple Rain and become enlightened. This is timeless stuff.Get it. To quote the Purple one... "We're not going to let the elevator break us down oh no lets go!"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars perfection in a flowing fashion.
my shower is healed. my room is comfortable. my mind is better. this album saved my world and all my friends!! thank you life savor!!
Published 2 days ago by heather erjavec
5.0 out of 5 stars like all good things
this thing was awesome and it never disappointed
the only down side was that this thing was from the eighties,
and of course it was a party every time... Read more
Published 2 days ago by babyjesus
4.0 out of 5 stars Music from Purple Rain
I enjoyed the movie purple rain and being a fan of Prince, I had to add this album to my collection. I love listening to this CD. This CD arrived within the expected time. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Myra R. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Purple Rain is Mandatory to Understanding 20th Century Art.
The musical fixtures in my life are the likes of David Bowie, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Pavement, Sonic Youth. Read more
Published 18 days ago by James W Polichak
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Prince!
It's classic Prince! This is an album that will forever be in our minds and hearts. Close your eyes, listen and let Prince drive you through the Purple Rain
Published 1 month ago by Michelle L. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars If U don't own this, U should check your temperature (something's...
I'll start by saying this came out when I was 8 1/2 (almost 9 LOL) - I have bought it in Vinyl. Cassette, & CD which I'm buying again cause I can't find it . Read more
Published 1 month ago by sergio
5.0 out of 5 stars was suicidal.PR saved my life.
hey,I'm old now and have seen a lot.Purple Rain was my first prince album.
i was 10 years old in 1984 on the 24th of june when this album dropped. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SFNico
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album of my generation.
Too bad most people only know Prince thru songs like "Kiss" and his weird feminine outfits and high voice. They don't know Prince. And there is ALOT to know. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ThomasBJJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift got hubby
Christmas git for hubby. I would not have purchased this for myself but it's a good one! And who doesn't love Prince? :)
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince
Just replacing the music I had from the 80s that was on cassette. It is exactly what I expected. Sounds just as good as in the 80s. Love me some Prince!!!
Published 2 months ago by vickie thomas
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